The popular film, Julia and Julia, about the life of Julia Childs, and a blogger named Julia, gave Julia Childs the opportunity to give the wonderful advice: ‘Never apologize. Never explain.’ The source of this advice is most often attributed to the classicist, Benjamin Jowett, one of the most influential Masters of the famous Oxford College, Balliol, in the late 1800s.
Good advice for a cook or an Oxford Don. But it should be the rule for every surfer. If you wipe out in the surf, it is of no value to apologize or explain. In surfing, it is not a sign of weakness to apologize, or explain — it is absolutely irrelevant. You have no one to apologize to, and no explanation other than your own failure. So this is not necessarily elitist, but constructive. Wiping out with dignity is all about not apologizing, and not giving excuses, and not explaining, but getting back up on the board.